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Durbin: New voter suppression laws are a slow-motion coup – they are a continuation of the Jan 6 attack on this building
WASHINGTON – Following the one-year anniversary of the January 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called today ‘ hui his colleagues to support important legislation on the right to vote which will appear before the Senate next week. In a speech in the Senate, Durbin also discussed the continuing threat to our democracy posed by Donald Trump’s âBig Lieâ.
“Congress and our nation yesterday celebrated the first anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history, the January 6 insurgency, the day that American democracy was nearly lost,” said Durbin. âSince January 6, we have seen a torrent of bills introduced into Republican-controlled legislatures to restrict voting rights. Republican lawmakers in nearly 20 states, including Georgia, Arizona and Florida, have passed laws making it harder for millions of Americans to vote and, in some cases, making it easier … for politicians to quash the results elections they don’t like.
Durbin continued, “Preventing states from denying citizens their right to vote is not an excessive constitutional infringement, it is an urgent constitutional obligation and we must honor it … If we in this Senate fail to expose this ‘big lie’ , do you know what America’s future will look like? It will not be a government of and by the people, it will be a government led by strong politicians. These new voter suppression laws are a slow-motion coup – they follow on from the Jan.6 attack on this building. “
Durbin went on to discuss the importance of shifting bipartisanship John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act, as good as Freedom to Vote Act.
“There are two common senses [voting rights] proposals to the Senate â, said Durbin. âThe first is bipartisan â thank you, Senator Murkowski of Alaska â the John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act. This would strengthen the Voting Rights Act 1965… the second bill, the Freedom to Vote Act, would preserve the integrity of our elections by establishing minimum standards for access to the vote in all states, including same-day voter registration and making polling day a federal holiday. “
During his speech, Durbin argued that if Republicans continue to obstruct voting rights legislation, Senate Democrats must be prepared to support Senate rule changes to protect Americans’ right to vote. .
âThe only obstacle that stands in the way of stopping this suppression of voters is systematic obstruction. But let’s be clear, there is no Senate rule more important than our constitutional right to vote â, said Durbin. âThis is not just another political debate. The future of American democracy is at stake.
The video of Durbin’s speech is available here.
Audio of Durbin’s speech is available here.
Images of Durbin’s ground speech are available here for TV channels.
In November, Durbin worked with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to create a bipartisan compromise on the John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act. The proposal – which builds on the version presented earlier in October – reflects months of bipartisan negotiations and seeks broader support in the Senate.
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